US Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) attended a press conference at the Marriott Hotel on Waterfront Place on June 3, 2021 in Morgantown, West Virginia.
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Senator Joe Manchin said he would vote Sunday on a broad bill to reform federal elections introduced by Congressional Democrats, called the People Act, which essentially ensures that legislation will not be passed in Congress.
“I believe that party voting legislation will destroy the already weakening blinds of our democracy, and for that reason I will vote against the People Act,”
“The truth, I would argue, is that reforming the vote and elections in a partisan way will ensure that the partisan divisions continue to deepen,” Manchin wrote.
The voting rights bill, also known as S.1, will require a minimum of 10 Republican votes to pass the past and move on to a final vote on the pass.
The legislation has provisions aimed at facilitating registration and voting, combating generation, improving cybersecurity in elections and funding reform campaigns, among other things. Republicans opposed it, and without Manchin’s support, the legislation is unlikely to be passed.
Manchin said he would instead support the John Lewis Act to Improve Voting Rights, which would restore a provision of the remarkable Voting Rights Act weakened by the Supreme Court in 2013.
Manchin also reiterated that he would not support the removal of the filibuster, a move that would block parts of President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda on issues such as the right to vote and climate change.
The Filibuster requires legislation to get 60 votes in the Senate, which is evenly distributed between 50 and 50 between Democrats and Republicans.
Democrats are pushing for the removal or reform of the filibuster to pass legislation to reform the election. Biden said he supported the reform, but not the removal of the filibuster.